t least one person died yesterday while seven others sustained injuries when hoodlums tried to prevent policemen from arresting fleeing criminals in Onitsha metropolis, Anambra State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this, said the incident occurred about 1p.m. at Obosi New Park, Onitsha.
He said: “There was an intelligence report that some suspects, who escaped from custody, were seen at that place and the police mobilised and went there to make arrests.
“They were, however, stopped by some hoodlums who attempted to disarm a policeman.
“The policeman tried to liberate himself from them, but they refused. So he had to use his firearm and unfortunately, it hit one of them.
“The victim was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead.”
The hoodlums, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), became angry at the death of the man and went on the rampage, thereby blocking the Onitsha-Owerri Road.
Although their activities disrupted vehicular movement for about 45 minutes, it took the intervention of reinforced police team and the local security guards to disperse the rampaging hoodlums.
“So far, the area is calm and the commissioner of police has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident,” Mohammed added.
The PPRO declined comment on whether the wanted criminals were later arrested.
Paedophile parents who raped daughter, 2, jailed for life
A couple will spend the rest of their lives in jail after raping their toddler daughter and admitting fantasising about abusing their unborn child.
Gerrad Coddington, 25, and Christina Nelson-Coddington, 29, who were sentenced for 29 child sex crimes, handcuffed, beat and sexually assaulted the tragic two-year-old.
Their crimes included rape, child abuse, incest and making child sex abuse images, reports the mirror.co.uk.
The paedophiles from Oklahoma, US, “fantasised about committing incest with their unborn baby”, the court heard.
Attorney General Mike Hunter said he had never seen a worse crime in his time in charge.
He said: “These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children.
“The actions of these two individuals, with regard to the children who were subjected to these horrific acts, unconscionable, unforgivable.
“These are evil people who presented a danger to society. I commend Judge Edwards’ decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
“I applaud the investigators with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.”
Police were tipped-off that a user with the Coddington’s IP address was sending sexually explicit material of children through the Messenger platform.
Investigators found more than 6,000 pages of “incriminating communications” between the couple.
They will never be given the chance to apply for parole, it was confirmed.
Man shoots brother after ‘magic ring’ fails
A 38-year-old man, Yakubu Abubakar, has been arrested by the police in Niger State for shooting at his brother with a pistol.
Abubakar was arrested at Paiko village in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state after he was found with a fabricated locally made pistol.
It was learnt that Abubakar, a vigilante of Aninigi village, was trailed and apprehended by a team of policemen attached to Paikoro Division based on information received.
The suspect was said to have given his brother Yakubu Zakari, a magic ring believed to be a bullet proof that will protect him from gunshots in case of any eventualities.
It was reliably gathered that the suspect tested the power of the ring on the victim by firing twice without success but his third attempt hit the victim who was rushed to the IBB Specialist Hospital Minna for medical attention.
In an interview with our correspondent, the suspect said: “I am not a thief or a killer. I only fire the gun to test the power of the magic ring on my brother not knowing that it will harm him.
“I regret my actions because I am not supposed to have any gun under my roof without permission from the police. I was only trying to make sure that my brother got the right magic ring that would protect him from gun shots. I beg the police to forgive me.”
Explosive chops off SS2 student’s hand in Ebonyi
An object suspected to be explosive device, on Thursday exploded at Glory Land High School, Azugwu, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State chopping off the left hand of an SS2 student of the school identified simply as Chibuike.
The device, which exploded during break hour, also left many students of the school injured.
The incident happened at about 11 am causing serious confusion and panic within the school and its immediate vicinity.
Chibuike was rushed to the emergency unit of the Alex –Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki while others with minor injuries were being treated around the area.
When our correspondent visited the school at about 2:30 pm, the
entrance gate was under lock and key as no student or teacher were seen in the school.
But, our correspondent saw some students from the school who were returning home and interacted with them.
The students confirmed the incident, adding that Chibuike, was playing with the device when it exploded.
“I was in the school when it exploded. I can’t tell what it was. But I saw Chibuike playing with the thing before it exploded. It’s like he came to school with it. The thing chopped off his left hand. He has been taken to hospital,” one of the students narrated.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer DSP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident.
She, however, said she was yet to get official report from the DPO of Eke-Aba Police Station on the incident.
Land scam: I paid N2.3m into Kwara TV GM’s account – Witness
The trial of the embattled General Manager of the Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale, for alleged N4m land fraud continued on Thursday with a prosecution witness, Sulyman Abdulkareem, narrating how he paid the sum of N2.3m into the account of the defendant.
He said: “My Lord, after the allocation of 10 plots of land to the staff of the Kwara State Television Authority, the General Manager of the station, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale approached the Director General of the Kwara State Bureau of Land that, there was no way the 10 plots could be shared among the staff, let them sell it and bring the money.
“The DG now linked me with the defendant who instructed me to look for buyers. I sold about four plots for N2.3m. I then contacted Adebowale who told me to bring the cash, but I said, no. I requested for his account number for proper records, and I paid the money into his Stanbic IBTC account.”
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Adebowale on a six-count charge bordering on corrupt practices before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Further hearing in the case has been adjourned till January 14, 2020 for cross examination of the witness.
Kano Assembly defies Court passes new Emirate’s Bill
The Kano State House of Assembly has despite the recent court judgement sacking the four newly created Emirate Councils, gone ahead to pass the bill creating them.
The Speaker of the House Alhaji Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa announced the Assembly’s approval of the four New Emirate/ Emirs into law on Thursday.
The new bill, scaled through first, second and third readings before it was finally adopted by members of the assembly, approved the four additional Emirates Councils in the state including Bichi, Gaya, Rani and Karaye.
Our Correspondent recalls that a Kano High Court presided by Justice Usman Na’Abba on November 21 had nullified the establishment of the four Emirates created in May 2019 saying the State House of Assembly did not follow due process in creating them.
Justice Na’Abba pointed out that the Kano State House of Assembly violated section 101 of the Nigerian Constitution, which gives the Assembly the power to enact its rules and guidelines of proceedings.
The bill is expected to be ascent to by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje soon for immediate action.
EFCC storms Yahoo Boys’ den, arrests kingpin, 26 others in Lagos
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCCC), Ibadan zonal office, yesterday, stormed a Lagos hotel believed to be a hideout for Internet fraudsters and arrested a Yahoo kingpin as well as 26 others.
The target of the operation was Rasaq Balogun, a suspected Internet fraud kingpin, whose illicit activities had dominated intelligence gathered from the recently arrested ‘police spies’ during a raid on their Abeokuta base.
According to findings, Balogun harboured an army of young men recruited to carry out financial frauds through the use of the Internet. Some others were also arrested at his Beckley Estate residence, also in Lagos State.
The raid on his hotel, Modzak Hotel, located at Abule-Egba, Lagos State, sufficiently gave credence to the suspicion as a retinue of young men were caught living in his hotel with no specific mission.
The suspected kingpin and 26 other young men, between ages 18 and 35, were arrested at the scene. Some others were also arrested and brought to the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office for further interrogation.
According to reports, officers of the anti-graft agency also recovered three vehicles, fetish items, laptops, mobile phones and documents suspected to contain fraudulent data from the suspect.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said that the suspects would be charged to court.
Bandits kill 11, abduct district heads, six others in Niger
No fewer than 11 persons were killed following invasion of bandits on Kukoki Village in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on Tuesday night.
According to reports, the bandits kidnapped the district head of Madaka Alhaji Zakari Yau, his wife and the village head of Kukoki.
This is coming barely 48 hours after 11 people were killed in another community in Koki, Shiroro Local Government. The attack was said to have occurred on Sunday morning while people were preparing to go to church.
The secretary of the district council and a retired soldier were among six people abducted.
It was reliably gathered that the bandits, numbering over 20 stormed the district at about 10p.m. on Tuesday and started shooting sporadically into the air before they burgled houses of the villagers.
The bandits, who came with 15 motorcycles were said to have ransacked houses and shops in the community and looted foods and other valuables including cattle and sheep.
A source close to Kukoki village told our correspondent that before the arrival of security operatives, the bandits had disappeared into the bush.
In an apparent confirmation of the incidents, the state government said it has mobilised security operatives to carryout air and land surveillance with the sole aim of tracking and arresting the bandits.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, said security operatives have been directed, “to fish out and flush out bandits terrorising the communities.”
He assured members of the state thus: “Niger State Government is working alongside security apparatus in the state to stem the tide of pandemonium at the flash points, so as to bring succour and peace to the affected and surrounding communities. The state government is aware that the bandits are crossing over from neighbouring states such as Zamfara and Kaduna axis to Allawa and Erena axis and from Brini-Gwari adjacent Kamuku National Park. We will do everything to stop their migration into the state.”
Ondo driver’s killing: We’re yet to arrest killer cop, say Police
The Ondo State Police Command, yesterday, said that the policeman, who killed a truck driver on Monday at a checkpoint, was yet to be arrested.
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph, said that the killer cop, identified as Sergeant Idowu Omosuyi, fled after committing the alleged crime.
Omosuyi, attached to the Federal Highway Patrol, was said to have shot the truck driver, Ado Saleh, at a checkpoint in Uso, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State during an argument.
The incident led to traffic snarl on the busy Akure-Owo highway as truck drivers embarked on a protest.
Joseph stated that policemen as well as detectives had been deployed to track down the fleeing killer cop.
He also disclosed that five other members of the team were already in detention.
The image maker further stated: “We are yet to arrest Omosuyi but other members of the team have been arrested and are currently in detention. It was during our preliminary investigation that the members of the team told us that immediately after the incident, Omosuyi dropped his gun and ran away. But we are after him, he cannot escape. We’ll soon declare him wanted if he doesn’t report himself to the Command. The Command has begun the trial of all members of the team and we are on the process of declaring him wanted if he fails to show up.”
A police source said the Command had taken the deceased to Adamawa State where he was buried.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association, Owo branch, which condemned the dastardly act of the policeman, has called on the police Command to ensure the prosecution of the trigger-happy policeman.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the association, Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed, NBA condemned the unprofessional attitude of the policemen on the roads.
The statement reads: “The NBA Owo branch noted with delight, the resolve of the Ondo State Police Command to ensure that the culprit of the ‘Uso Police Murder’ is made to face the full wrath of the law. The branch hereby expresses her willingness and readiness to assist in the due and diligent prosecution of the culprit, on pro bono public basis.”
‘Mama Boko Haram,’ partner arraigned for alleged N66m fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, arraigned the duo of Tahiru Saidu Daura and Aisha Alkali Wakil before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a three-count charge of conspiracy and cheating to the tune of N66million.
The prosecution of the duo followed a petition written by Ali Tijjani, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of AMTMAT Global Ventures against Complete Care and Aids Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), run by the defendants.
According to the petitioner, on September 7, 2018, Complete Care and Aids Foundation awarded his company a contract to supply it processed maize grain, referred to as “biski” in native language, worth N15million, which the second defendant, Wakil received on behalf of Complete Care and Aid Foundation.
According to Tijjani, his company upon the request of the defendants equally processed and funded their trip to Morocco to the tune of N51million, a cost they refused to defray.
Count two of the charge reads: “That you Tahiru Saidu Daura, while being a programme manager of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, and Aisha Wakil, being the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation on the 7th September, 2018, in Maiduguri, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly induced Ali Tijjani, the CEO and alter ego of AMTMAT Global Ventures to deliver to you, processed maize grains (biski), valued at N15,000,000.00, which you are yet to pay and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges, upon which prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad, applied for a trial date and for the remand of the defendants in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Centre (NCS), pending the determination of the case.
However, counsels for the defendants, H. Waziri and B.G Zanna, made oral bail applications for the defendants, on the ground of the administrative bail, earlier granted to them by the EFCC.
Justice Kumaliya granted them bail in the sum of N30million with two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties, he said, must be someone at the level of a permanent secretary in the civil service, who owns a landed property in Maiduguri GRA, and must submit the title document of the property to the registry of the court.
The judge further declared that the bail will be revoked on the failure of the defendants to attend trial. She adjourned the matter until Jan13, 2020 for commencement of trial.
Why cultism thrives in university campuses – Police Chief
The Sango-Ota Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr Monday Agbonika, yesterday, stated that cultism and cultists continue to thrive in higher institution campuses because policemen are never allowed to enter campuses.
This was even as he stated that cultists use different tricks to initiate others into their deadly gangs.
Agbonika spoke at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA Ikeja, during a one day seminar tagged, “The Nigerian Youth and Cultism Today.”
The seminar, which was organised by Juliana Francis, The Crime Editor of the New Telegraph Newspaper, under the umbrella of Youthslens Movement of Nigeria (YLMN), had in attendance secondary students from Fly High Secondary School, Ketu Mile 12 and Covet the Redeemer Secondary School, Akesan, Lasu/Isheri.
Other schools in attendance are Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Abia State University, Yaba College of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU), amongst others.
The seminar was supported by Lagos State Police Command, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Nigerian Bottling Company.
Agbonika, who was the keynote speaker at the event, said that cultists always have ways of identifying themselves, especially through their dresses, hairstyles and sign languages.
He added: “One of the reasons cultism continue to thrive in campuses is because policemen are not allowed to enter university for operation, except when they are called. We commend the convener of the seminar, Mrs. Juliana Francis. This is the only way to catch them young and check cultism. We must talk about parents. Parents should do their best. In Lagos Island, it is difficult to separate cultists from area boys. There is a connection between crime and people living where crime are being perpetrated.”
Enumerating how youths could be initiated, the ACP mentioned peer pressure. He also noted other factors to include, “revenge over issues can cause youths to join, and emotional instability. Family and political thuggery are ways a young person can get involved in cultism.”
According to Agbonika, cultism could affect a youth’s academic performance, causes him or her to drop out of school, make them to take to robbery, prostitution and other vices. He urged parents to play important roles in the lives of their children and ensure they prevent them from joining bad gangs.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Bala Elkana, who was one of the panelists at the seminar, stated that cultism was a serious issue in the Nigerian society. He stressed that the fact that many young Nigerians were involved in it, makes it a serious issue of concern.
His words: “Parents should live an exemplary life for their kids to emulate. Whatever the kids wish to become in life can only be by themselves. The most painful thing for me as a PPRO is to parade young persons, who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow as cultists or criminals. It is not about taking cultists to court, but addressing the root causes of cultism and what is attracting young people into it.”
A former prison chaplain, who is also a human activist, Pastor Darlington Ajitemisan said: “Crime doesn’t pay! I have been into crime since I was very young and selling drugs on the streets of Lagos. I cannot talk about prison without talking about what took me to prison. I was trained as an assassin, a professional killer. I was a small boy in prison and I was doing all these things because of how I grew up and how I used to see my parents fight.”
He continued: “There are all kinds of things going on in the prison and these are reasons youths should avoid it. There is homexuality and lesbianism. If you think you can go to prison and come out to be a better person, you are lying! The prison will change your thinking, no matter your religion. I have served in four different prisons in the world. I have also been to Kirikiri Prison. I have also been to different police stations. Whoever that enters prison, will come out as a hardened criminal and other crimes you don’t think you will find yourself in.”
Ajitemisan noted that crimes such as robbery, assassination and other violent crimes were often organised in the prison. He said: “Prison is supposed to be for reformation and a correctional center, but it’s not. Nigerian Prisons need proper funding to make it a real correctional center.”
Francis said that the number of young people in cultism and the sinister ways the members now operate, which include killing of rival’s parents, siblings and friends during war, gave birth to the idea of the programme.
She said: “The idea behind the programme is for the young ones that had been taught about the danger of cultism and crime to forward same message to their friends and relatives. They have no reason to join any crime, even when there is no food at home and they don’t have parents.”
She further noted: “No reason is acceptable for any young person to join crime. Youths should know that there are consequences for choices they make. Any negative action they are involved will affect their family members and their future. They should know there is no competition in life.”
Mrs Evelyn Usman, Assistant Crime Editor, Vanguard Newspaper, who was also among the panelists, expressed worry over increasing influx of minors into cultism. She also expressed dismay that most parents didn’t know what their children were up to. She urged parents to pay attention to their children.
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